Junior Goes Back To Where It All Started

Ken Griffey Jr. signed a one year two million dollar contract with the Seattle Mariners today. He could earn up to six million dollars if he completes all of his incentives. Griffey started his care with the Mariners and played in Seattle for eleven seasons. In 1997 he batted .304 with 56 home runs, 147 RBI’s, 185 hits, and fifteen stolen bases. That seasons he made the all-star game and  won a MVP, Golden Glove, and Silver Slugger. In the 1990’s Griffey won a Golden Glove for every season. Griffey and his dad played together in Seattle. They were the first father and son to play together and the first father and son to hit back to back home runs. In 1999 Griffey was the youngest player to be on MLB’s all century team. After that there were rumors that he could make the 2000’s all century team but nabbing injuries will probably keep him off the list. At the end of the 1999 season Griffey requested a trade to go to Cincinnati so he would be closer to his family. Griffey’s time with the Reds was bot so good. He got hurt over 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . well lets just so a lot of times. In 2004 on Fathers Day he was one home run away from 500. That game with his father in the stands he hit his 500th home run. Talk about a Father’s day gift. In 2005 he was the National League Comback Player of the Year batting .301 with 35 home runs, 148 hits, 92 RBI’s, and zero stolen bases. In 2006 he played for team U.S.A. in the World Baseball Classic with his dad as a coach. At the begging of 2007 Griffey was moved from center-field to right-field following the signing of Ryan Freel. On June 22 Griffey returned to Seattle in a Reds uniform and he gave a speech and a video called The House That Griffey Built was played. In 2008 on June ninth he hit his 600th home run at Marlin Stadium. At the trading deadline Griffey was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Nick Masset and Danny Richar. Griffey moved back The White Sox won the American League Central after a one game playoff with the Twins. The White Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the playoffs. In the offseason Griffey became a free agent. Griffey has two playing options. He could D.H. or move to left field putting Endy Chavez on the bench. MLB Network said Griffey would go to the Atlanta Braves (his second choice) because it is close to home. This is a great choice by Griffey. The Griffey signing but the Mariners in the spot to contend in a weak American League West. Griffey is now 39 years old with a .288 batting average, 611 home runs, 1,772 RBI’s, 2,680 hits, and 184 stolen bases. The only thing that we can be sure due to Griffey’s injury history is that he is a future hall of famer maybe not the 755 home run guy like he was spose to be but he is a MLB legend.

P.S. so for only one picture extra tomorrow.


  1. rockymountainway

    No matter where this guy was I always rooted for him. What a great player and had he not been so injured one can only imagine what he could have done in the records. I’m glad he is back with the Mariners and I hope he can go out in style and on top.

  2. welikeroywelikeroy

    I’m glad Griffey is back with the M’s. My fondest memories of him is there. He was a video game, MLB and 90’s icon in that uniform. I heard he was going to sign so many places this year. There was Atlanta, Tampa, etc… This is the spot I would have picked for him!

  3. Elizabeth D

    Great post on Ken Griffey Jr. On MLB Network they did a great spotlight on him and the amazing 1995 season (the one that essentially saved baseball). So like you said, he’s back to where it all started. It’s one big circle, maybe he will end where he began.

  4. bigpapi72

    Julia- Neither am I thanks.
    Tom- So do I. I hope he makes the all-star game.
    Homer- How did I forget about all the video covers he was on!
    Gomers1010- Yah good point. If Mays says you do something you do it. Thanks for the visit.
    Jane- The Braves didn’t need him. They have Josh Anderson in center and a great right fielder with an average left fielder. Thanks for the visit.
    Elizabeth- Thanks. I hope Lowe comes back to Boston when he retires even though he played a few games for the M’s.

    Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

  5. Orangebird

    Yah now I get to play as Grifffey when the orioles play the Mariners in MLB 09 The Show. I play against myself!!!!
    Up In Section 360

  6. bigpapi72

    Brian, I want to focus on the positive times in his carer more then the bad times. Thanks for the visit.
    Orangebird- I play as myself against the Yankees and Rays all the time. I couldn’t imagine beating the Red Sox!

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